Brown Lipped Sea Krait, Blue-lipped Sea Krait, Brown-lipped Sea Krait
Laticauda laticaudata, Niue, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Alternating black and blue grey bands of about equal width, yellowish-cream bar extends across head, lips black, unlike similar Laticauda colubrina (Banded Sea Krait) which has white lips. Both sea krait species occur as vagrant individuals in Australia but are common in adjacent countries.
Max Size: 136 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 25.4-29.1°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Threats: Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Widespread (67% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.